I’m editing Amy’s Courage and I’m dragging my feet. Starting from the beginning and going through until the end is simply overwhelming. Handling a first draft is like trying to untangle Rapunzel’s hair, overwhelming.
Here are some tips I found helpful.
http://writetodone.com/first-draft-secrets-four-simple-steps/ I really liked this one because it chopped the massive task into little bits I could handle.
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1559/approaching-messy-first-drafts/ This one was really good because it suggested how to go through the entire thing and make lists…and I love lists.
http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.ca/2011/10/moving-quickly-through-draft.html And this one was great because it had simple, easy tips I could like or discard.
http://bubblecow.net/tips-to-writing-a-great-second-draft-of-your-novel/. This one was filled with easy tips that made so much sense.
Finally, this one talks about placeholders. I use them. So, I like to know how to do that properly. http://www.darcypattison.com/revision/just-write-it-stop-second-guessing-until-you-revise/
How about you? How do you get from first draft to polished gem?
By the way, I’ve added these to the Resources side links. Hope they help!